Do you care about what goes on around you, wish your community had a louder voice, and want to make a difference?
The Community News Project needs you. A partnership between Meta (formerly Facebook), local news publishers and the NCTJ, the community news project is creating up to 100 community reporter roles around the UK.
Caerphilly Observer is looking to hire a reporter to cover the north of Caerphilly County Borough – specifically the communities covering the council wards of Moriah, Twyn Carno, Pontlottyn, Darran Valley, and New Tredegar.
Previous journalism experience or education is not essential. We want people who are passionate about local news, care about their communities, and want to make a difference for people living in them.
We’re especially keen to hear from people who believe they can help make our newsroom more representative of the communities they serve.
Flexible arrangements will be considered for the right candidates.
About the role
Your main role will be to engage with people in specific communities to curate, collate and create content relevant to them. You will build and act as the point of contact for online communities by engaging with and seeking out content either written by you or from members of those communities.
You will also receive industry-leading digital journalism training which you will then share into your newsrooms, as well as gold-standard NCTJ journalism training to become a fully-trained journalist.
This is a fixed-term two year contract.
In order to be considered, you need to have at least five GCSEs with Maths and English at a grade C or above (or equivalent).
We welcome applicants who are currently doing a completely different job, and want to make a career change to become a journalist.
We are offering two routes into journalism as a result of this scheme:
For applicants with no previous NCTJ qualifications, we are offering training towards the Diploma in Journalism, the qualification that editors look for when hiring trainee-level journalists. Intensive training will be combined with on-the-job experience, reporting in local communities.
For applicants who already hold the Diploma in Journalism, there is the option to combine your CNP role with further, advanced training towards the NCTJ’s senior level qualification, the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ), which marks the transition from junior to senior reporter.
We are committed to equal opportunity for all. We may collect relevant data for monitoring as part of our candidate registration process. We will be reviewing applications as they are received so please don’t delay in submitting your application.
Details on how to apply
If you feel this job is for you, please send CV and covering letter explaining why you’re the right person for the job to firstname.lastname@example.org